TUPPERS PLAINS, Ohio — They say that Grant went through Richmond.
On Tuesday, in the Eastern Eagles’ season-opening baseball game, Richmond went through the visiting Southern Tornadoes.
That’s because Eastern senior pitcher Cameron Richmond mowed down the Tornadoes with 10 strikeouts, while the Eagles scored early and often en route to defeating Southern 11-3 in a Tri-Valley Conference Hocking Division tilt.
The loss left the Tornadoes at 0-2, as Southern fell 4-0 at Meigs in its non-league season-opener on Saturday.
The Tornadoes tallied their three runs, the first two of which were earned, off both of their hits off Richmond in the third.
Otherwise, Richmond was in complete control in capturing the complete-game win.
He walked three, but only allowed the two third-inning hits, while retiring the Tornadoes 1-2-3 in innings one, five, six and seven.
He faced the Tornado lineup three times through, and struck out at least two Tornadoes apiece in the third, fourth and fifth frames.
He struck out the Southern side in the third, as the Eagles’ only error allowed the third Southern run to score.
Richmond helped his cause at the plate, scoring four runs and collecting two hits, as Jesse Morris managed three hits and two runs scored.
Eastern scored three times apiece in the first and third innings, sandwiched around four runs in the second for the early seven-run leads of 7-0 after two and 10-3 following three.
Ethen Richmond rapped out two hits, including a two-run double in the third for the 10-3 lead.
Owen Arix scored three runs for the Eagles, while Austin Coleman crossed twice.
Coleman and Brewer in the second, Durst in the first, and Dillon Swatzel in the fourth all singled — as Eastern ended up with 11 hits while also taking advantage of five walks and two hit batsmen.
In the fifth, Cameron Richmond, Morris and Ethan Richmond registered back-to-back-to-back singles, as Cameron Richmond’s run made it 11-3.
The Tornadoes drew a leadoff walk in the third, then Dylan Smith singled before a two-run double by Clayton Wood.
Wood scored the third run, which was unearned, when Blake Johnson reached on the aforementioned error.
The only other Tornado baserunners were Billy Harmon in the second and Logan Drummer in the fourth, who both reached on walks but advanced no further.
Eastern made up its TVC-Hocking game at Miller on Wednesday, and travels to South Gallia today (Thursday, March 31) for another league bout.
Southern travels to Trimble today for another TVC-Hocking tilt.
Paul Boggs can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106
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